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What is an albatross?

Albatross

Some birds spend all their time far out at sea, except when they are nesting.  The albatross is one of these birds.

It is a large sea bird resembling an overgrown sea gull.

Albatross are found roving over nearly an ocean except the North Atlantic.

They often follow ships for days and feed on the garbage that is thrown overboard.

Their long, narrow wings, allow them to soar behind a ship for hours with barely a wing beat.

Albatross sit down on the water to eat and scoop up the scraps of food with their yellow, hooked beaks.  They also eat fish.

The best known albatross is the wandering albatross.

This magnificent white bid has the longest wingspan of any living bid.

Though only about nine inches wide, its black-tipped wings may stretch more than 11 feet from tip to tip

An old sailor’s superstition said that harming an albatross bought bad luck.  – Dick Rogers

 

What is a gooney bird?

The playful and sometimes comical sea birds commonly seen on Midway Island in Pacific Ocean are often call gooney birds.

The gooney bird is really a large albatross, resembling an overgrown sea gull.

Albatross

Its long, narrow wings, often stretching seven feet from tip to tip, allow it to glide and sail over the water for hours with barely a wingbeat.

It sometimes follows a ship for days, feeding on scraps of food thrown from the ship.

When not nesting, the gooney ranges the high seas, seldom coming close enough to be seen from land.

After several months at sea, the bird seems to have forgotten how to land when it arrives at its nesting grounds.

The touchdown speed is usually far too great, and the once graceful flier becomes an undignified gooney bird awkwardly sprawling across the ground. – Dick Rogers